community college

October 9, 2018

Tax incentives are (still) costly

Louisiana’s panoply of tax rebate and incentive programs cost the state $1.1 billion in tax revenue that otherwise would have been collected from corporations and individuals, according to a state audit released Monday.

Number of the Day

78 - The number of tax rebates and incentives that contributed to Louisiana’s $1.1 billion tax revenue loss. (Source: The Advocate)
October 31, 2017

Sabotage vs. sign-ups

Open enrollment for the federal health insurance marketplaces begins tomorrow. Analysts predict that President Donald Trump’s cuts to enrollment outreach, along with the confusion sown by repeated health care repeal bills, will lead to fewer people with health insurance.

Number of the Day

$98,400 - Maximum income for a family of four to be eligible for a subsidy in the federal health insurance marketplace. (Source: LBP analysis)
October 24, 2017

Mental health oversight needed

Nearly 90 percent of Louisiana’s Medicaid recipients - almost 1.5 million people - have their health care services managed by one of five managed-care insurance companies whose contracts are up for renewal by the state Legislature.

Number of the Day

19- Percent dropout rate for public students in alternative schools, compared to 4 percent statewide. (Source: The Advocate)
September 12, 2017

Middle-class incomes at record high

U.S. Census Bureau data released this morning suggest that the long national economic recovery that began in 2009 after the Great Recession has finally taken root for many middle-income American families.

Number of the Day

10.3- Percentage of Louisianans without health insurance coverage, the lowest uninsured rate in the state’s history. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)